Business leaders urge PM to tackle growing disability employment gap


Business leaders have backed a call for the Prime Minister to deliver on his promise for a “ambitious and transformative” National Strategy for Disabled People.

In an open letter to Boris Johnson, business leaders including Post Office CEO Nick Read and Schroders CEO Peter Harrison have urged him to deliver a disability plan that ensures all disabled people are able to realise their full potential.

The letter is supported by the CSJ Disability Commission, an independent body, which is about to publish “Now Is The Time”, a new report designed to feed into the Prime Minister’s National Strategy.

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One of the CSJ Disability Commission’s five key recommendations is to reduce the disability employment gap by introducing mandatory workforce reporting, which it believes is a vital step in bringing greater transparency and a level playing field for measuring progress.

Lord Shinkwin, Commission Chair, says, “Disabled people have been waiting an awfully long time for this. We really hope the Prime Minister will listen and build our recommendations into his upcoming National Strategy for Disabled People. As the PM has said, his strategy is a once in a generation opportunity.  It is vital that we seize it and chart a new course that is more than just warm words. Now is the time for action.”

In August 2020, the Prime Minister responded to an open letter from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Disability, which called for a disability-inclusive COVID-19 response that improves the working lives of disabled people.

He stated that he is determined to introduce an “ambitious and transformative” National Strategy for Disabled People.

Seven months on, business leaders are urging Johnson to keep his promise and to consider the CSJ Disability Commission’s new report. 

Lord Shinkwin, chair of the CSJ Disability Commission and a disabled Conservative member of the House of Lords said: “The Prime Minister’s strategy represents a once in a generation chance to chart a new way forward where disabled people’s potential to contribute, compete and, in some cases, excel and reach the top of their professions, on merit, can at last be realised. We have one shot at this – that’s why it’s so important his strategy gets it right. What makes this even more exciting is that big business is ready to get behind him.”

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